The earth’s lungs are on fire, yet we don’t think it’s important to debate
Dynamites are burning a hole in the jagged mountain’s yet we don’t seem to care
Temperatures are rising; glaciers are losing their defenses and melting
Rivers are choked, strangulated with plastic and sewage flowing;
As man continues to grab all landmass, the river has no option
She flows into their homes and ravages everything in her wake;
After all, what would you do if cornered and choked from everywhere?
There are floods in some places, while the others cry for a single drop of rain.
Animals too have survival instincts,
If you bulldoze their homes, they are bound to enter yours.
A house cat too will retaliate when in fear
They won’t cry and plead but will adapt and lead
Fishes are swimming to poles and leopards are entering villages
A tiger too might eat grass…
But what about you and me?
Are we strong enough to adapt?
Are we smart enough to sustain.?
The writing is on the wall, for everyone to see
Apocalypse is not a one-day event,
It starts when nature strikes back;
The time has come and its time we cope;
Sustainable eco-friendly development the only hope
I wrote this prose poem after the recent events and natural calamities that have struck the world over. There are forest fires in Amazon – (the lungs of the world), there are rampant constructions on hills and mountains in the name of development. The Glaciers in Antartica are melting and plastic has found its way to the South Pole as well!
The recent floods and cloud burst in India and drought in other parts like Chennai point towards water mismanagement and deficit. While the unprecedented heatwave across Europe is only making things worse. The natural habitats of animals across the world are shrinking while man is exerting extreme pressures on the limited natural resources.
This poem considers these incidents as alarm bells given by nature for man to mend his ways or face consequences. Sustained efforts by all the countries towards conservation, promoting local tribes and motivating them to protect the environment with jobs around environmental conservation, strict action against illegal activities is the key.